Belfast Pride was back with a bang at the weekend, with the first carnival parade since Covid restrictions were lifted. With a new team helping organise the parade it was more vibrant and colourful than ever.
The first Belfast Pride started with only around 100 people. In June 1991 it was a political demonstration for those who were being denied equality and rights in line with their fellow citizens.
The march took just six weeks to organise and was considered controversial at the time. Terry McFarlane, who was a volunteer with the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association, was one of the few people on the first Belfast Pride march.
In a Belfast Telegraph podcast he speaks of the discrimination and criminalisation of the gay men of his generation.
How times have changed with thousands of people on the streets of Belfast on Saturday, in what has now become more of a Mardi Gras, which is enjoyed by all ages.
The smiles on the faces of those who are now free to live as their authentic self is a sign of how far society has moved on.